Jorja Smith is undeniably talented and she’s at the top of the hill when it comes to new, up and coming artists. Still a teenager, she’s only got a few released songs thus far but they all sound like the work of a season vet. She’s from Walsall, a smallish town in the United Kingdom just outside of Birmingham. She recently relocated to the nation’s most populous city, London, primarily in hopes of getting her music career off the ground.
Last year she broke through with ‘Blue Lights’, a track that gained her a MOBO nomination for Best Song and a support slot on NAO’s recent UK tour. Drake is also a fan, having said in a recent EW interview that Smith’s ‘Where Did I Go?’ was a summer favorite.
Smith’s debut EP, Project 11, is released on November 18 and features four new tracks co-written with and produced by Charlie. To kick off the project, she stopped by Annie Mac‘s BBC Radio 1 show to premiere the project’s lead single ‘Something in the Way.’ “I wrote it with the other songs about a year and a half ago,” Jorja said. “I sang classical at school so I always like putting elements—like Prince always has classical elements—so, with this song, you don’t really know what to expect with all these operatic sounds. And then it goes into a bit of attitude. I’m giving a bit of attitude on this song.”
‘Something In The Way‘ carries the same soulful sass and attitude we’ve heard on aforementioned track ‘Blue Lights‘ and ‘A Prince‘. But there’s something about Something In The Way that really pulls at the heart strings.
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